Free water, energy saving fixtures offered to residential buildings

Tap by Tap program available to property managers throughout region

  • Jan. 24, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Capital Regional District has teamed up with FortisBC, City Green Solutions and municipalities to again offer its popular water and energy efficiency program for multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), through the Tap by Tap MURB Program.

The Tap by Tap MURB program will provide building and property managers representing up to 3,000 units, with free water and energy saving fixtures, including showerheads and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators.

“This program has proven to be an easy way for eligible MURBs to reduce water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Judy Brownoff, Chair, CRD environmental services committee.

“We are extremely pleased that more apartments, condominiums and other multi-resident unit buildings will benefit from this program, helping us meet our regional sustainability goals.”

Roughly 25 per cent of the energy used in a typical B..C home can be attributed to water heating. Residential buildings are responsible for approximately 21 per cent of total regional greenhouse gas emissions. MURBs account for approximately 20 per cent of potable water use in the Greater Victoria area.

The Tap by Tap Program was first piloted in the region in 2011. The 2013 MURB-focused program resulted in more than 3,000 residential unit retrofits saving approximately 43,767,052 litres of potable water, 548,085 kWh of electricity, 5,029 gigajoules of natural gas and 265 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Tap by Tap is available across the region until June 30.

Building eligibility and program registration can be found by visiting the Tap by Tap link on the CRD’s home page at crd.bc.ca.